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Write to be Published [Paperback]

Nicola Morgan
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Book Description

1 Jun 2011
You want to make a publisher say yes? First, understand why they say no; then apply that knowledge to your book. Nicola Morgan - the Crabbit Old Bat of the renowned blog, Help! I Need a Publisher! - has made publishers say yes around ninety times. Now she reveals the workings of publishers' minds and whips your work into shape with humour, honesty, grumpiness and chocolate.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906727945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906727949
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wear several hats: I write for teenagers and children - I have had around 90 books published, including award-winners and some best-sellers. And one of my favourite parts of that is doing school events and festivals.

I also write for writers who want to improve their writing and become published. I blog at the industry-acclaimed Help! I Need a Publisher! and have written the books, Write to be Published, as well as the ebooks Write a Great Synopsis and Dear Agent. These books are all regularly recommended by creative writing courses, as well as agents and publishers in the UK, US and elsewhere,

I campaign and speak up for the rights of writers and readers. I've been chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, created the Fair Reading idea and the complementary Our World Book Night.

I do a lot of public-speaking, in school events, at festivals, for writing groups and conferences.

Last, but very much not least, I tweet - a lot! My ebook, Tweet Right - The Sensible Person's Guide to Twitter, is a well-regarded help to individuals new to Twitter or wondering whether and how to get into it. Follow me on Twitter as @nicolamorgan or see my website at www.nicolamorgan.com

News: I've republished Mondays are Red as an ebook with brand new material. The video trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5bQXAGBzs&feature=g-upl

I do have an Amazon store, which used to show all my available books in one place, but Amazon have for some reason removed all the books. I am waiting for them to tell me why. The link is here: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwnicolamorg-21

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Don't submit your first manuscript without reading this book. --Mary Hoffman

I've always generally mistrusted self-help books, especially those offering advice to would-be writers, a gullible lot at best, who should probably be saving their money. Nicola Morgan's book is one of a very few exceptions. It offers excellent, practical, informed and unpatronizing advice to the published and the unpublished alike; exposes common fallacies; pokes fun at sacred cows; deflates pretensions; offers encouragement where deserved; admits to occasional 'crabbitness', but tells things as they really are in a world where success is increasingly hard to achieve. This is the tutor I wish I'd had when I was starting out: brisk, funny, just a little bit schoolmistressy, but an eminently sensible schoolmistress who knows her subject, doesn't suffer fools and is not afraid to hand out detentions where necessary. In short, Nicola Morgan is made of crabbit - but she is also made of awesome. --Joanne Harris

I've followed Nicola's blog since its beginning and because that's full of good sense and what's more, sense conveyed in a funny and likeable way, I for one can't wait to read the book. --Adele Geras

About the Author

Nicola Morgan is a prolific, award-winning author of around 90 books. She runs the popular & respected blog, Help! I Need a Publisher! where her trenchant advice makes her the first Google result for the phrase "Crabbit Old Bat".
Best known for gritty YA novels, such as the Fleshmarket and Deathwatch, Nicola is also the author of best-selling early learning books. Nicola is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and is an inspiring and energetic speaker on many aspects of books for all ages."

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Reading 3 Jun 2011
Write To Be Published is a very clever book. It gives you a huge amount of information, both on writing and submitting manuscripts. It covers all the tricky topics you've ever wondered about, as well as offering lots of practical advice on when, how and who to submit to. But what makes this book different (and the thing which will make you fall in love with it) is the wonderful style in which it is written. Rather than the didactic tone of most books on writing, if you read Write To Be Published, it will feel as though you've sat down and had a really good chat with someone who knows just how you feel. Writing is such a lonely business and if you've ever stared down at your keyboard and wondered if you're on the right track, buy this book and start reading. You'll never feel on your own again.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all serious writers 6 Jun 2011
This is a no-nonsense, down to earth guide to writing a good book and getting agents and publishers interested in it. If you follow all the advice in this book about editing and refining your book, and then follow all the advice about how to submit it, you will definitely increase your chances of being published. Essential reading for any writer who is serious about writing to be published.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for aspiring authors 1 July 2011
I'm a follower of the Crabbit One's blog, so I was expecting this to be good, and I wasn't disappointed.

No soft soap, no sugar-coating, Nicola Morgan really does tell it like it is. But beware, advice this clear and sensible is not for the faint-hearted. Telling would-be published authors that all they need to do is write the right book in the right way, and send it to the right people at the right time (and add a little luck) is both the most succinct and the most daunting piece of forthrightness I've read in a long time.

Certainly, a lot of what she advocates can be boiled down to using plain old common sense and not being too blatantly barking in one's approaches to publishing professionals, but her guidance is backed up by her years of personal experience of trying and finally succeeding to get published. She is honest and incisive about her early failures, and this provides the final stamp of authenticity to this informative and straight-talking book.

Well worth investing in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy to Understand Nearly Everything 25 Jun 2011
By Jules
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the most ambitious scope of any writing guide I've read but gives invaluable advice on every topic it covers, and all in little more than 250 pages. Nicola Morgan apparently prides herself on being a little grouchy, yet she writes with tremendous warmth. I devoured Write to be Published in a couple of days, and all the way I felt in the company of an old friend who just happens to have done it before.

The book is organised around the principal things to get right if you aim for publication. What to think about before you start writing, what to write, how to write it, how to submit it and how to begin navigating what follows, whether you are successful or not. That every one of these things is crucial shines out of the page. There are many excellent guides, especially from American authors, on particular techniques of writing, and there are other guides to the writing process and the soul-stretching task of submission, but never have I seen all these things addressed so well in a single volume. No time is wasted on points that are less than important; every page packs a punch. I keep remembering lines that particularly sang to me, and there were many.

Above all, Write to be Published has convinced me of the science behind the successful writer. There are good reasons why most submissions fail, there are good reasons why some books are a success, and there are several things you have to get right if you want to sell your writing. Nicola Morgan has distilled professional wisdom and insider knowledge to explain what these things are. And it is not only her pragmatism that infects you but her enormous enthusiasm for the joy of writing. For a novice writer like me, this book is a complete meal.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 1 Jun 2011
An absolutely essential bit of kit for any beginning writer. Nicola's advice is straight to the point, honest and practical. Everything is backed up by her experience in having over 90 books published and is bang up to date.

The book is written with a brilliantly dry wit and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crabbit old bat perhaps, also wise owl 30 Jun 2011
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A wonderful insight into why a publisher says 'no' from someone who understands from painful personal experience but has also enjoyed the excitement of being an established and respected author. There's a distinct Miss Jean Brodie tone to the writing and I mean that in the sense of nurturing rather than didactic or patronising. I did laugh out loud at points, she's a funny woman, maybe reading more of her books would be a good move...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 13 Jun 2011
Having been down the aspiring - no, cross that out - frustrated writers' route, I found so much in this book to inspire me. It would be unfair of me to pinpoint exactly, so suffice to say I have already completed an Advanced Creative Writers' course, and yet still found enough information here to justify the price on the cover.

There is a good balance of humour and seriousness, plus a useful section at the end where you can make notes of the page numbers you might wish to refer back to at a later date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good useful reading
Was very useful and made good reading. I have taken out/on-board what applies to me. Some good tips and advice. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark J Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about getting your book published
If you are considering purchasing this book it is a reasonable assumption that you are either someone who has already written a book and are ready to publish or are considering... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve Pearse
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very helpful, if a bit wordy. Entertaining to read, too, as quite humorous. Would recommend to any would-be writers, or just writers in general.
Published 10 months ago by Sarah Gilani
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious publication and writing guide
The author grasps the nettle of all the major aspects-a lot of coverage in one book. She writes with passion and in a direct easy to follow manner. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard
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This book is perfect if you are an experienced or novice writer wanting to understand the publishing business without any BS. Read more
Published 10 months ago by snihx
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth
Honest, facts I didn't know, and I was left with the feeling that failure is not my fault, but keep on keeping on!
Published 11 months ago by Chloe B
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I've read lots of self help writing books and this is a cracker. The author is entertaing and informative - can't ask for more really!
Published 12 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
For any budding writer who wants to be published, this book is a must! So much excellent information. A brilliant read.
Published 17 months ago by Highlander
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this before you submit
This book tells it like it is. I wouldn't read it if you are in the very early stages of just trying to get something down on paper, but if you are feeling brave and are getting... Read more
Published 17 months ago by JEM
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